As part of a recent 24hrs of prayer, here in Manchester Diocese, I created a painting script on the theme of lament. Using ArtRage 6 I recorded my prayerful progress creating an image inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci and the words of Psalm 130. Leonardo’s Delluge paintings along with his notebook on the images capture the depth of lament and turmoil a storm can cause. In this Covid-19 pandemic there has been a real sense of the storm raging. With hope stirring in us that not all storms last forever, we took time to lament together and search for God in the midst of the tempest. Led by Psalm 130 it was an enjoyable creative exercise crying out to God as paint was poured onto the digital canvas. I encourage you to prayerfully watch the video below.
Rolling Waves of Lament
Try taking some paper and use thick brush strokes and deep blues and move in wave like forms. Use acrylic ideally or poster paint. Let some time pass as you pray using Psalm 130. The Hebrew translations of the text ‘Oh Lord hear my cry’ would have used the name of God- Yahweh. Lord with its capital L” in our modern translations would have been the name Yahweh. Rob Bell in his Nooma Video Breathe at 4:14 describes the Hebrew vowel sounds of Yahweh as being like breathing. I love this concept of God’s very name being like breath. During your prayer painting try breathing deeply and saying the name Yahweh. As the paint drys add more shades of thick wave like rolling forms and lament over all that we have loved and lost in recent times.